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Sunday, July 17, 2011

honey + pecan tomato mint salad -- gluten free + dairy free

wow. its been a while - and i must apologize. it looks like i'm going to be posting every couple of weeks for the time being - vs on a weekly basis. work has been extremely busy and every weekend for the remainder of the summer is booked up for me. i must say - i do enjoy keeping busy - i dont do well sitting around.

this recipe was inspired by a dish that i ate at the med in boulder. the flavors are absolutely perfect with one another. at the restaurant this was served this with creamy, tangy goat cheese (which of course, i asked for them to leave off).  its a perfect summer salad and right now tomatoes have wonderful flavor.  quite the minimalist recipe - this dish includes 4 main ingredients - plus salt and pepper.

conveniently enough, i have a plethora of fresh mint from my CSA. i decided it was time to take a departure from making mojitos and use the mint in a dish - and viola - here you have it -

honey + pecan tomato mint salad
  • 1 pint organic grape tomatoes
  • 10-12 mint leaves julienned
  • 1.5 tbsp organic honey - local if possible!
  • 1/4 cup organic pecans roughly chopped
  • kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
cut grape tomatoes in half, lenghwise. combine tomatoes, mint, pecans and honey - season with salt and pepper.

wasnt that easy? yeah - forget turning on the oven - stay cool, eat raw. want to make this vegan - substitute in light agave nectar instead of honey.

craving more? check out these blogs for food/DIY ideas!

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  1. That sounds so simple and delicious Kate! I love the idea of adding the pecans and the mint must give it just that extra fresh little kick. We mostly use ours for mojitos too so it will be fun to try it in something else. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!

  2. What a salad! I love simple and scrumptious dishes like this. Yum!

  3. Thanks for stopping by Russell - easy dishes tend to be the best in my opinion! This one is especially great in the summer time - I always have a plethora of mint from my CSA and I'm constantly trying to figure out new ways to use it all!

  4. This sounds like the perfect summer salad. Yum! Can't wait to try this with some farmers market fresh tomatoes and mint.

    1. Thanks Rachel - Its quite yummy! When you try it out let me know if you like it - if you can do dairy I'd suggest crumbling some goat cheese over this!

  5. My husband, in particular, would love this salad -- he loves all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing it this week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays. Hope to see you back again next week. Have a great weekend!

    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

  6. Great salad. I had received some mint and cherry tomatoes this week. What a great surprise to use them together! I chopped & roasted walnuts and put over top. My kids enjoyed this... thanks.

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